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Old Aug 20, 2013, 08:27 AM   #1
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AirDrop: Basic Questions

I have some iOS 7 questions and I apologize if they've been answered already - I figure things have changed with every beta and was curious about the latest info regarding AirDrop.

1. Is it true that AirDrop requires you to have the other person's Apple ID email address for AirDrop to work? Or is it like iMessage where it uses your telephone number as the ID?

2. Also, what would happen if my friend AirDrops me a Pages document, but I don't have the Pages app?

Thanks in advance!
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Airdrop requires nothing but the person being in the vicinity of you. No ID/Email or anything required. Just their name which shows up when searching airdrop recipients.

You can still open the document, you just can't edit it.
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Airdrop requires nothing but the person being in the vicinity of you. No ID/Email or anything required. Just their name which shows up when searching airdrop recipients.

You can still open the document, you just can't edit it.
Awesome! Thanks for the quick response!
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I have a question: do both people need to be connected to the same WiFi network? What are the connection requirements for it?
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Old Aug 20, 2013, 08:45 AM   #5
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I have a question: do both people need to be connected to the same WiFi network? What are the connection requirements for it?
It uses low power bluetooth 4.0 for location proximity. So when you select it on it automatically selects your bluetooth on if not already active. This allows you to see people within 30 feet or so also using airdrop. You can select between only showing contacts or everyone. File transfer is conducted over Apple's peer-to-peer, ad-hoc Wi-Fi file transfer protocol (WiFi Direct).

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I have a question: do both people need to be connected to the same WiFi network? What are the connection requirements for it?
No. You don't need a WiFi network at all. The devices connect via WiFi Direct to each other (think how Bluetooth works). Also, Bluetooth is used for AirDrop as that is what it uses to gauge proximity of those iOS users (just my guess).
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Does anyone know if it will work between iphone and mac? That could be really handy.
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No. You don't need a WiFi network at all. The devices connect via WiFi Direct to each other (think how Bluetooth works). Also, Bluetooth is used for AirDrop as that is what it uses to gauge proximity of those iOS users (just my guess).
Ah, that's very cool. Thanks for the info.
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Does anyone know if it will work between iphone and mac? That could be really handy.
Not yet. Hopefully by the final releases.
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Does anyone know if it will work between iphone and mac? That could be really handy.
It's probably going to be part of 7.1 I suspect. I'd like it to be GM, but just seems but late to add it in.
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It's probably going to be part of 7.1 I suspect. I'd like it to be GM, but just seems but late to add it in.
It needs to be updated on OS X first. The iOS version uses Bluetooth LE, which means pre-2011 macs probably will never be able to use it with iOS.
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Airdrop requires nothing but the person being in the vicinity of you. No ID/Email or anything required. Just their name which shows up when searching airdrop recipients.

You can still open the document, you just can't edit it.
As of now though, if you are on contacts only, it requires the Apple ID saved to the contact correct?
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It's probably going to be part of 7.1 I suspect. I'd like it to be GM, but just seems but late to add it in.
Not really... As I posted in a similar thread:
AFAIK it will work between iOS7 and OS X when Mavericks comes out.
No waiting for iOS7.1, but OS X Mavericks..

[Edit: I was just corrected in the other thread I mentioned... Apparently Mavericks won't support it either because of the BT LE changes]
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Not really... As I posted in a similar thread:
AFAIK it will work between iOS7 and OS X when Mavericks comes out.
No waiting for iOS7.1, but OS X Mavericks..

[Edit: I was just corrected in the other thread I mentioned... Apparently Mavericks won't support it either because of the BT LE changes]
It's not working in the mavericks dev preview.
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As of now though, if you are on contacts only, it requires the Apple ID saved to the contact correct?
I don't believe so. My buddy and I have done it and all we do is activate airdrop and we see each other. Nothing else.
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I don't believe so. My buddy and I have done it and all we do is activate airdrop and we see each other. Nothing else.
Interesting. I'll try this out later. Good to know though, I thought that having to have the Apple ID saved was silly.
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